1. Check that you are eligible to apply for equity access. You can apply for RMIT Access if you:
- are applying to study for a degree, associate degree or TAFE program (certificate IV and above only) at RMIT University, and
- are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
- are an Australian Permanent Resident, or
- are an Australian Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder.
In addition, you must be able to prove you meet the eligibility criteria for the category in which you are applying.
3. As part of your program application, complete your online RMIT Access application, choosing from one or more of the categories listed below. You will be prompted to apply for RMIT Access when you complete your program application in the Apply Direct system.
4. Provide any required supporting documentation (if required, this will be specified under each category heading below).
RMIT Access categories and eligibility criteria
Category 1: Personal information and location
|Age||Higher education applicants must be:|
TAFE applicants must be:
|Indigenous Australian||You must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and accepted as such by your community.|
Applicants will be contacted by the Ngarara Willim Centre.
|Rural or isolated areas||The postcode you provide for your home or school must be on the list of acceptable postcodes for rural or isolated areas.|
|Gender (under-represented programs)||You must be applying for a program in which RMIT has specified that your gender is under-represented.|
Category 2: Non-English speaking background
|Arrived in Australia within the last 10 years||You must be able to prove that you arrived in Australia:|
Along with your application you must attach certified copies of your:
Category 3: Difficult circumstances
|Serious personal or financial difficulties||Impact statement|
You must submit an impact statement describing your circumstances and how they have adversely affected your education. You will need to indicate if these circumstances are short term (2012-13) or long term (prior to 2011).
Statement of support
You must also provide a statement of support written by a responsible person* who has knowledge of your circumstances and can comment on the impact to your education.
Category 4: Disadvantaged financial background
|Serious personal or financial difficulties||Centrelink benefit|
If you are receiving Centrelink benefits you must submit a certified copy of your statement of benefit from Centrelink, which must not be more than three months old.
If you are not receiving Centrelink benefits you must provide an impact statement describing how your financial background has adversely affectedyour education. You will need to indicate if these circumstances are short term (2012-13) or long term (prior to 2011).
Statement of support
If you are not receiving Centrelink benefits you must provide a statement of support written by a responsible person* who has knowledge of your financial situation and circumstances and can comment on the impact.
Category 5: Disability or medical condition
|Illness, disability or suffering from a medical condition||Along with your application you must complete and submit the medical practioner or healthcare professional form.|
You must submit an impact statement describing your disability/medical condition and how this has adversely affected your education. You will need to indicate if these circumstances are short term (2012-13) or long term (prior to 2011).
Statement of support
You must also provide a statement of support written by the relevant health care professional involved in the maintenance of the condition, illness or disability. The health care professional should include details about absences from learning, if applicable, and how the condition adversely affected academic performance.
* Responsible person
A responsible person is:
- an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is 18 years of age or older, and
- has known you for at least 12 months, or for the entire duration of the circumstance(s), whichever is shorter, and
- is not related to you by birth, marriage, de facto or same sex relationship, and
- does not live with you or reside at your residence, and
- is in a position to comment knowledgably about your situation without having to be briefed by you about the circumstance(s). Important: in cases of medical circumstances, this is generally only applicable to the treating medical professional.